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The symptoms of neck pain includes neck pain and swelling, muscle spasms, tenderness along the back of neck, pain into the upper back and shoulder. This can be caused by rapid neck motion such as whiplash, or even laying down improperly. Sometimes pain will travel or radiate into the upper back, shoulders or even the arms. Headaches may arise from the tight muscles in the back of the neck.

Symptoms include:

  • neck pain (stiffness, soreness, burning, achiness, sharp)
  • arm pain (numbness, tingling, burning, achiness)
  • headaches
  • shoulder pain
  • upper back pain

Screening and Diagnosis:

Your doctor will take a complete medical history and perform a physical examination, including a neurological examination. The doctor will test your muscle strength, sensation of your extremities and reflexes. Imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scan, MRI and blood tests may be performed to rule out other conditions, such as fracture, infection, tumor, or arthritis.


In mild cases of treatment for neck pain may include rest, ice and/or heat, a cervical collar and medications. If pain persists, physical therapy or chiropractic care may be advised. It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctor.

Let the Gulf Coast Injury Center medical team help you today! 

Call 813-258-6051